Presented on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 in the Barn at Quarry Farm. Searching for Jim is the ground-breaking, untold story of Mark Twain and the world of slavery that produced him. Despite Twain's remarks to the contrary in his autobiography, slavery was very much a part of his early life. Dempsey has uncovered a wealth of newspaper accounts, legal documents, 19th century abolitionist and pro-slavery narratives, Clemens family papers, church and census records revealing that Twain's life, from the ages of twelve and seventeen was intertwined with the lives of slaves around him in a world fraught with conflict from abolitionists.
Terrell Dempsey is an independent scholar and attorney and partner with the firm Dempsey, Dempsey, and Moellring in Hannibal, Missouri.